The 2017 candidates running on the Republican line for Common Council in Ward 3 will be Jason Gibson—the director of programs at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain—and Joel Moret, a life-long resident and a member of the New Britain Latino Coalition.
“I’m thrilled that two residents who are heavily involved in our community have chosen to run for Common Council in Ward 3. Their expertise will be a great addition to the Common Council and will help to enrich our community,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “Jason has worked at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain for 25 years, so he is closely connected with the youth and families of our City. As a member of the Board of Directors for the New Britain Latino Coalition, Joel is dedicating his time to building partnerships across our community and within the Latino community.”
In addition to his 21 years as Director of Programs at the Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, Gibson has worked as a part-time attendance monitor for the Consolidated School District of New Britain since 2006; from 1994 to 2000 he worked as a Case Manager for the Young Parents Program. He is currently a Commissioner on the Housing Authority Board of New Britain, a member of the Board of Trustees for Grace Church, and a member of the Board of Directors for Hoops for the Homeless.
“I work with the community on a daily basis and look forward to the opportunity of working with a larger audience as member of the Common Council,” said Gibson. “As a City, we are fortunate to have so many individuals who are willing to give back to their community. I have been energized by the new found spirit running through New Britain—thanks to the leadership of Mayor Stewart—and I am proud to be a part of continuing the progress that has put our City back on the map.”
Moret is a Lead Graphic Designer at Sign Pro Inc. and was involved in the design and production of the award-winning New Britain Historic Walking Tour trail, along with the signs located along CTfastrak, and several other local, national, and international projects. In addition to his work as a designer, Moret has volunteered countless hours with Greater Harvest Church, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors, where he has helped organize events that are free for residents including food drives, clothing drives, and also a Thanksgiving lunch for the homeless. Moret was also an active participant in the City’s recent “Experience the New” marketing initiative—the City’s first in nearly 30 years. Moret provided valuable feedback to the Marketing Panel to assist in the development of a new logo and tagline.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to help bring even greater change to New Britain. My involvement with the New Britain Latino Coalition has shown me that there is an amazing amount of untapped potential in our community. I want to be a part of the Mayor Stewart’s continuing effort to make this City the best it can be for residents, businesses and visitors,” said Moret.